University of Chicago faculty speak up regarding OPC
More than 150 faculty members from the University of Chicago in Hyde Park signed a letter expressing concerns about the Obama Presidential Center’s building plans and supporting the voices of the multitude of community organizations who have expressed concerns, including MPAC.
From the letter:
“..First, there are concerns that the Obama Center as currently planned will not provide the promised development or economic benefits to the neighborhoods.
“..Second, the current plan calls for taking a large section of an historic public park and giving it to a private entity for development. Jackson Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the most important urban parks in the nation.
“..Third, because of the planned location of the Obama Center, the Obama Foundation plans to take over a section of another historic, public park — Midway Plaisance, also designed by Olmsted — and turn it into an above-ground parking garage.
To view the letter in full, please click below.